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Natural Hardscaping Designs


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Natural hardscape designs may seem like an oxymoron. However, Lifescape is dedicated to providing Colorado hardscaping services that blend with our clients’ natural surroundings. The term “hardscaping” refers to the non-living aspects of your backyard and garden designs and, surprisingly, these additions can add a soft natural look to your garden.

The following ideas can inspire you as you make your landscaping plans for the new year.


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Consider using bulk materials for your garden paths. Options include gravel, mulch or decomposed granite. These materials will create a clear path, but the edges will be softer and provide a more fluid boundary between the path and your landscape.

Gravel paths can have a variety of looks, based on the size and color of the gravel. This brown gravel path complements the color of the home’s exterior and looks natural in the environment. It leads to an expanded area of gravel, rather than a cement patio, which enhances the soft look. Larger pebbles and stones create an entirely different look. They’re ideal in settings with a water feature, since they mimic the environment of a lake shore or ocean. A mulch path lends the most natural look of all. When it’s unfettered by a border, it appears as if it’s been there all along.


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Planted pavers

Pavers are a multi-purpose landscaping tool. While they can be used to create a traditional hardscape path or patio, leaving a little space around these features can change their appearance. You can intentionally plant these spaces, fill them with pebbles or colored gravel, or leave them empty and let Mother Nature take over. Even a modern landscape design is softened with spaced pavers, such as this one. Hard concrete pavers are spaced with various gravel patterns.


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Consider the foliage

The plants you select also have an effect on hardscaping aesthetics. Use a higher ratio of plants to hardscape to immediately soften the effects. Choose round and soft plants to hide firm edges of hardscape planters and boundaries.

Contact Lifescape to learn more about our Colorado hardscaping and landscaping services.

Beautiful Lighting Types for Front Yard Gardens


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Beautiful outdoor lighting welcomes guests, enhances curb appeal and amplifies nighttime safety. At Lifescape Colorado, professional landscape designers take a comprehensive approach to our clients’ designs. In addition to planning attractive landscape and hardscape features, we will discuss lighting options that will bring your landscape to life at night.

The following are ways we implement our Colorado lighting services, adding beautiful illumination to front yard gardens.


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Creating an attractive outdoor lighting design is all about balance. Your design should incorporate a mix of entryway lights and pathway lighting. It should also utilize uplights and downlights to illuminate key landscape and hardscape features. The key is to strike the right balance of intensity. Ideally, the lights should be minimal at the end of the driveway, and then increase in volume and intensity as guests approach the front door.


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While beauty may be your main objective, safety should also be a priority. There are multiple options when illuminating paths and stairs. Traditionally, this is done using modest downlights that provide a direct source on the path. We can also build the lights into your hardscape features, such as your stairs or columns. Uplights will illuminate vertical surfaces, while simultaneously lighting walkways and porches.


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Use your lighting design to highlight some of your favorite landscape features. Uplighting can highlight an impressive tree or shrub, while leaving enough shadowy recesses to provide privacy and a hint of drama. Adding lights to your water feature will create a magical glow and transform cascading water into a sparkling work of art.


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Once you have covered the basics, it’s time to have a little fun. Consider using light bulbs that are slightly tinted to avoid a harsh glow. For example, purchasing bulbs or light fixtures with gold or orange glass will create a warm glow. You can even incorporate small lights in a covered porch, reminiscent of the night sky.

Lifescape Colorado offers full-service landscape maintenance to keep gardens looking their best, refreshing your lights as needed. Contact us to learn more about our Colorado lighting services.

5 Harmonious Hardscaping Ideas

A harmonious landscape is one that takes both short and long-term goals into consideration. Your landscape should be attractive, balanced and inviting, but also sustainable and environmentally friendly. When clients come to us for Colorado hardscaping services, we take the time to sit down and have a conversation regarding their long-term goals. Afterwards, we create the plans necessary for a fluid, interesting and harmonious landscape

Here are five harmonious hardscaping ideas that will keep your landscape growing in the right direction.


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Don’t be afraid to mix styles. Some of the most harmonious landscapes are those that mix both formal and informal landscaping techniques, like this row of formal planters filled with soft, informal herbs and greens.


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Think fluidly. If not done carefully, placing a water feature and a fire pit in your landscape may make your garden feel choppy and disjointed. Create a landscape plan that incorporates features you want, while allowing space for you to move around and enjoy the view.


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Use pavers. Begin exploring the world of pavers. They can be used to create a variety of looks, from tightly laid brickwork to large, asymmetrical stone steps. Pavers are the ultimate eco-friendly hardscape material. They’re sustainable and allow water to filter back into the groundwater supply. Pavers can even mitigate the heat island effect! Leaving space between pavers allows foliage to spring up in between spaces, which can soften the overall look.


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Hardscape planters. By incorporating hardscape planters into your landscape, you’ll have a versatile tool at your disposal. For a modern look, you can keep the planters filled with vertical plants and shrubs that maintain a more austere appearance. In a different season, you can add cascading plants to soften the look.


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Allow overflow. In order to provide continuity, allow some of your landscape to overflow onto the hardscape. Granted, you need to plan accordingly for maintenance and safety, but this look helps to soften hardscapes by using plants choreographed for color, height and visual balance.

Contact the design team at Lifescape Colorado, and take advantage of our Colorado hardscaping services. We’ll help you plan a harmonious landscape that will provide pleasure year-round.

Essential Features for Winter Outdoor Spaces

Backyard barbeques and pool parties aren’t as popular in near freezing temperatures, but there’s no need to stay cooped up inside. Implementing essential Colorado hardscaping features will allow you to enjoy your backyard well into the winter too.

Here are Lifescape’s recommendations for must-have hardscape and landscape features for your backyard this winter, including pictures from our own project portfolio.

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Let there be fire. Humans are always drawn to fire, whether they live in a warm tropical environment or a cooler mountain climate like ours. Adding a backyard fire pit or fireplace is one of the most important steps in making your outdoor space habitable through the colder seasons. You can also add portable space heaters around the edges, so you and your guests can stay warm on all sides.


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Another way to make the most of an outdoor fireplace is to completely enclose your porch. You’ll be protected from humidity and mosquitoes in the summer and insulated from the elements in the winter.


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A steamy hot tub. Hot tubs are a year-round investment. They’re soothing on a cool summer evening, but are most delightful on a crisp winter night. Hot tubs also provide a comfortable spot to star gaze at night.


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Prepare your deck. Make sure your deck is in shape before the worst of the winter weather hits. If the wood looks worn, or your paint is chipped and fading, have it repaired, treated and sealed in the fall, so it isn’t compromised by winter’s moisture.


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Add some color. You can use existing planter beds or container gardens to add festive appeal. Once you’ve cleared out last season’s remainders, insert evergreen boughs, redtwig dogwood branches, holly and other winter-themed plants and accents.

Contact Lifescape. We look forward to helping you plan a Colorado hardscape design that will keep you warm this winter.

Considerations for Hardscape Design Projects


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Designing your landscape may seem like a straightforward task — you choose pictures of what you want, sit down with your landscape designer and begin to create your outdoor masterpiece. But in between the bold strokes of your main ideas, there has to be a subtext of the lifestyle you live, your family’s needs, the climate/geography and so on. Without that, you’ll end up with a Denver landscape design that looks great, but doesn’t necessarily fit your family.

The following considerations can help you design a landscape that is beautiful to look at and works with both Mother Nature and the family agenda.


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Start with a brainstorming session. The first step is to begin brainstorming your wants and needs. Needs should include things like a play area for kids, a space where pets can be safely contained, a seating area large enough for your family and friends, a vegetable garden, etc. Your wants can also spread into accessory items like hot tubs, fire pits and water features. Write everything down because your landscape designer can help you create a multi-year landscape plan that will eventually accommodate your wants and needs.


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Listen to Mother Nature. In the meantime, let Mother Nature have her say and take note. Which areas of the yard have the most sun or shade? Which direction does the wind seem to come from most often? Notice any areas where water drainage seems to be a problem? Note these on your master plan, so your landscape and hardscape can diminish any trouble spots. You don’t want to build a seating area where the sun will be hottest in July and August, unless you have factored in some type of shade protection.

Consider the long-term maintenance needs. If you are hiring a professional landscape maintenance company, contact the design team at Lifescape to discuss your Denver landscape design. We can create a beautiful and functional design for any visual aesthetic!